No, this is not a preview of the next-generation Perodua Myvi – instead, the national carmaker has released a sketch of the current car, showing the initial design of Malaysia’s best-selling hatchback.

From the front, we can clearly see influences from the nameplate’s past, as well as hints of what was then to come. The sweptback headlights and sweeping bonnet surfacing, for instance, is reminiscent of the first-generation model, although both have since been replaced by a more modern, forward-looking front fascia.

Elsewhere, the large wheel arches, deep bodyside line and a strong chamfer around the side windows are indicative of the current second-gen Myvi. We also spot a five-point grille that has morphed into the hexagonal item found on the facelifted Myvi.

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2016 Daihatsu Boon

We can’t wait to see what’s next in store for the Myvi. The current model has been facelifted early last year, so it’s soon approaching its sell-by date. Expect the new one to be launched about a year from now, based on the third-generation Daihatsu Boon and Toyota Passo which were just unveiled last week.

Engines will likely come from Toyota’s new NR family of 1.3 and 1.5 litre engines – currently utilised on the facelifted Toyota Avanza – which should see the introduction of Dual VVT-i technology. Five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions should continue to be offered as well, as they have been for nearly 11 years now.

A bit far out but still definitely on the cards is some form of autonomous emergency braking system. Perodua is said to be aiming to equip its cars with such technology by the year 2020, and has recently been seen trialling a Daihatsu Move with the Smart Assist II driver assistance system, hinting at a local introduction in the near future.